Rumpole of the Bailey
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  • 1
    Rumpole of the Bailey: The Rumpole of the Bailey Series, Book 1 | John Mortimer

    Rumpole of the Bailey: The Rumpole of the Bailey Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Horace Rumpole, the irreverent, iconoclastic, claret-swilling, poetry-spouting barrister at law, is among the most beloved characters of English crime literature. He is not a particularly gifted attorney, nor is he particularly fond of the law by courts if it comes to that, but he’d rather be swinging at a case than bowing to his wife Hilda, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed.

    rumpole of the bailey series, book 1

    in addition to a good story, the narrator is what prompts me to make a final choice when purchasing an audio. this one has it all!! when you love a..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 04 2011 by cmartin (conway, nh, United States)
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    Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo] | John Mortimer

    Rumpole of the Bailey [AudioGo]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    In these witty and comic stories, Horace Rumpole takes on a variety of clients and activities. He, of course, brings each case to a successful end, all the while quoting poetry and drinking claret.

    Wordsworth in a Wig

    My time at law school was punctuated most Sunday nights by another installment in the life of this less than glamorous, ever so cynical and brilliant ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 27 2013 by Ian C Robertson (South Australia, Australia)
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    Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books] | John Mortimer

    Rumpole of the Bailey [Recorded Books]

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    In the first of six witty short stories, 60s-something English barrister, Horace Rumpole, takes on the younger generation both at home and in the hallowed courtroom—while offending his esteemed colleagues and his draconian wife, Hilda.

    great fun

    Patrick Tulll is a brilliant reader. Rumple couldn't have a better friend! Don't miss this!

    Reviewed on September 28 2016 by Amazon Customer ()
  • 2
    The Trials of Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Trials of Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Horace Rumpole—who never prosecutes, whose fame rests on an infinite knowledge of blood and typewriters, whose court scenes are proverbial, whose home is ruled by Mrs. Rumpole (“She Who Must Be Obeyed”)—is back on the defense, as irreverent, as iconoclastic, as claret-swilling, poetry-spouting, impudent, witty, and cynical as ever.

    I like the Rumpole stories...

    but I really prefer Robert Hardy's performance. Having said that, I will listen to this book again. This is the second collection of Rumpole stories, ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 10 2013 by Ellis (MILWAUKEE, WI, United States)
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    The Trials of Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Trials of Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole whose court scenes are proverbial, and whose home is ruled by Mrs Rumpole, is back in these short stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    I love Rumpole

    I'm completely biased.

    Reviewed on December 30 2011 by Angus (Pottstown, PA, United States)
  • 3
    Rumpole’s Return | John Mortimer

    Rumpole’s Return

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    After ten straight losses under the satanic Judge Bullingham, Rumpole decides it’s time to hang up his wig - permanently. But when he reads of the Notting Hill Gate Underground murder, he goes from being bored with his new life, to just plain homesick. So, Bullingham notwithstanding, Rumpole makes his return.

    Second time around can be disappointing

    I had listened to this book years ago, on discs, and recalling that I liked Tull's performance, I decided to spring a credit on it now. The narration ..Show More »

    Reviewed on May 09 2012 by John S. (Seattle, WA United States)
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    Rumpole's Return | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Return

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Robert Hardy
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    Has Rumpole hung up his wig for good? Can it be? Yes, the beloved barrister is now retired (though far from retiring) and gently ripening to a rosy hue in the Florida sunshine. But a colleague's casual request for advice on a difficult case sends him winging back across the Atlantic, and before he's through, our hero will come up against a fanatical religious cult and a mysterious letter written in blood.

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  • 4
    Rumpole for the Defence | John Mortimer

    Rumpole for the Defence

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

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    Rumpole for the Defense | John Mortimer

    Rumpole for the Defense

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Whether he’s quoting Wordsworth or having words with a particularly obtuse judge, Horace Rumpole always knows what he’s doing––even if no one else does. In this delightful collection of stories, Rumpole straightens everyone out in the shocking case of a “bent copper,” gallantly teaches a professor of moral philosophy about blackmail, consults with the dear departed when a will is contested, traces the path of true love when a doctor is accused of murder, and more.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

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    Rumpole for the Defence | John Mortimer

    Rumpole for the Defence

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    Back in the harness after his abortive retirement to Florida, Rumpole glories in the mushroom pie, rainy day life of the Old Bailey. Here he spars with some old familiars like the venomous Judge Bullingham, and makes the acquaintance of some fresh foes. Six stories.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

  • 5
    Rumpole and the Golden Thread | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Golden Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    Back in the harness after his abortive retirement to Florida, Rumpole glories in the mushroom pie, rainy day life of the Old Bailey. Here he spars with some old familiars like the venomous Judge Bullingham, and makes the acquaintance of some fresh foes. Six stories.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

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    Rumpole and the Golden Thread | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Golden Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    In this engaging collection of stories, Rumpole continues to deftly juggle the vagaries of law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart in his death-defying performances on behalf of justice. The irreverent, claret-swilling, poetry-spouting barrister takes on suspect connoisseurs in the art world, journeys deep into the throbbing heart of Africa, dabbles in some feminist politics, decides the countryside is a very dangerous place, and incurs the wrath of his wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

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    Rumpole and the Golden Thread | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Golden Thread

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    (46)
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    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole continues to juggle the vagaries of the law, the ambiguities of crime, and the contradictions of the human heart. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

  • 6
    Rumpole's Last Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Rumpole is on the job again, bringing along his taste for claret, his penchant for poetry, and his reputation for a good story. These seven irresistible stories run the gamut from simple thievery to murder and espionage.

    Part of the Book is Missing

    Great stories (five stars), but the audio ends in the middle of the last story with the court still in session. Then you hear the words, &quo..Show More »

    Reviewed on July 01 2009 by A User ()
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    Rumpole’s Last Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole’s Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Patrick Tull
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    The brilliant Bailey hack recalls some of his most extraordinary cases, including several deliciously funny courtroom spars with his arch-foe, the Mad Bull (aka Judge Roger Bullingham).

    Excellent finish to a classic series.

    Best ending imaginable

    Reviewed on March 19 2013 by carl (KINGSTON, PA, United States)
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    Rumpole's Last Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole's Last Case

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    (30)
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    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    The irrepressible, audacious defence barrister Horace Rumpole is back with seven marvelous stories by John Mortimer. The much loved stories were adapted from his scripts for the hugely popular TV series of the same name.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

  • 7
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  • 8
    Rumpole à la Carte | John Mortimer

    Rumpole à la Carte

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
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    Here are six delightful tales featuring everyone’s favorite barrister for the defense, Horace Rumpole. Eccentric characters such as his wife, Hilda, otherwise known as “She Who Must Be Obeyed”, and his philandering colleague Claude Erskine-Brown are back as Rumpole visits a snooty restaurant where he engages in a battle of wills over his adored mashed spuds, takes the unaccustomed role of prosecutor, and ventures - unwillingly - onto a ship, where he confronts, of all things, a detective novelist.

    Rumpole spoiled

    A collection of classic Rumpole tales that are ruined by the narrator. Frederick Davidson does not come up to the standard set by Bill Wallis. I hope..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 19 2012 by Bobbie (Tempe, AZ USA)
  • 9
    Rumpole on Trial | John Mortimer

    Rumpole on Trial

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Timothy West
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    In this work Horace Rumpole returns to delight us with seven new cases. We find our hero jousting with the Devil, being wooed by a beautiful violin player, and even up before the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Bar Council.

    Rumpole on Trial

    An excellent book. Very well read. Educational and very Funny. This is one of his best books so if you don't like it don't bother with any other Rumpo..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2010 by David Share (6803 Day St.Tujunga, CA, 91042)
  • 10
    Rumpole and the Angel of Death | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Angel of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
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    In this collection of six witty short stories, the courageous and corpulent barrister, Horace Rumpole, takes on both animal and human rights. And for the first time, Rumpole’s formidable wife, Hilda—better known as She Who Must Be Obeyed—tells a story of her own.

    Patrick Tull narrates five of the six tales,

    doing a very good job as the voice of Rumpole. Jill Tanner provides an enjoyable reading of "Hilda's Story" - told from the point-of-view of She Who M..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 20 2012 by John S. (Seattle, WA United States)
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    Rumpole and the Angel of Death | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Angel of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    In this collection of Rumpole stories the comic, courageous, and corpulent 'great defender of muddled and sinful humanity' is joined by a winning cast of villains and victims in tales whose wry humour and sparkling wit deftly send up the legal system. In Rumpole and the Angel of Death our hero achieves resounding triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness. Rumpole and the Way through the Woods involves Rumpole in the world of hunters and the hunted, animal rights and human wrongs.

    Rumpole at his best

    I avoided this audiobook for some time, put off by the inexplicable low assessment someone gave it - but Bill Wallis excels himself in this Rumpole v..Show More »

    Reviewed on October 05 2013 by Mary (St Sorlin de Conac, France)
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    Rumpole and the Angel of Death | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Angel of Death

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson, Wanda McCaddon
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    Horace Rumpole, the comic, courageous, and corpulent “great defender of muddled and sinful humanity”, is joined by a winning cast of villains and victims in this collection of six tales in which wry humor and sparkling wit deftly send up the British legal system. In Rumpole and the Angel of Death, our hero achieves new, resounding triumphs over the forces of prejudice and mean-mindedness.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

  • 11
    Rumpole Rests His Case | John Mortimer

    Rumpole Rests His Case

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Tony Britton
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    There's a new wind blowing in this dazzling collection of new Rumpole stories: for the first time Rumpole finds himself appearing for an asylum-seeker at the Appeals Tribunal and, worst of all, his chambers have become a smoke-free zone.

    There are no reviews for this title yet.

  • 12
    Rumpole and the Primrose Path | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Primrose Path

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    We last left Rumpole in his hospital bed after his sudden collapse in court. Now our hero finds himself in the Primrose Path nursing home - or a hospice as he persists in describing it. Things aren't looking good for Rumpole - until suddenly he begins to sense there's something wrong with the place, and all his intelligence and formidable insight into human behaviour come to the fore again.

    Rumpole and Wallis--an excellent combination!

    After hearing others read Rumpole, I've come to appreciate Bill Wallis's rendering enormously. He gives Rumpole just the right combination of self-dep..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 12 2012 by kgohl (WORCESTER, VT, United States)
  • 13
    Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Horace Rumpole - cigar-smoking, claret-drinking, Wordsworth-spouting defender of some unlikely clients - often speaks of the great murder trial which revealed his talents as an advocate and made his reputation down at the Bailey when he was still a young man. Now, for the first time, the sensational story of the Penge Bungalow Murders case is told in full: how, shortly after the war, Rumpole took on the seemingly impossible task of defending young Simon Jerold.

    Finally, the infamous Penge Bungalow Murder!!

    This is John Mortimer's beloved character's quintessence. The case Horace Rumpole did ( alone and without a leader) that was his shining star. Quite h..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 27 2010 by Septimus MacGhilleglas (Steornabhagh, Na h-Eileanan an Iar)
  • 14
    Rumpole and the Reign of Terror | John Mortimer

    Rumpole and the Reign of Terror

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the dark days of the war on terror, only one man can be counted on to fight injustice, defend the innocent, and insist on a fair and decent trial for all, contrary to New Labour's new anti-terrorism laws. Rumpole's wig may be yellowing at the roots, his gown might be in tatters, but the oldest inhabitant of 4 Equity Court has no use for the word 'retirement'.

    Reign of Terror

    If you are not a real Rumpole fan skip this one. The audio quality is not good which spoils it for me.
    The story is not quite up to par for Rum..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 17 2010 by David Share (6803 Day St.Tujunga, CA, 91042)
  • 15
    The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole | John Mortimer

    The Anti-Social Behaviour of Horace Rumpole

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    ASBOs may be the pride and joy of New Labour, but they don't cut much ice with Horace Rumpole - he takes the old-fashioned view that if anyone is going to be threatened with a restriction of their liberty then some form of legal proceeding ought to be gone through first. When one of the Timson children is given an ASBO for playing football in the street, Rumpole soon realizes something fishy is going on.

    Rumpole at His Finest

    I have been a longtime Rumpole fan. Loved the idea of "she who must be obeyed" becoming a barrister.

    Reviewed on January 31 2013 by Linda Rasmussen (Monrovia, CA USA)
  • 16
    Rumpole at Christmas | John Mortimer

    Rumpole at Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By John Mortimer
    • Narrated By Bill Wallis
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    Rumpole isn't particularly fond of Christmas; he finds it has a horrible habit of dragging on as he and She Who Must Be Obeyed go through the usual rituals in Froxbury Mansions. After the exchange of presents (lavender water for her, a tie for him) they settle down to a supermarket turkey with all the trimmings, followed by a glass of port. The only excitement comes in deciding whether to stand for the national anthem after the Queen's Speech.

    And a Grouchy Christmas to You!

    I'm a recent fan of "Grumpole", having just discovered him for myself a week ago, with the first book in the series, "Rumpole of the Baile..Show More »

    Reviewed on December 18 2015 by Ilana (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
  • 16.5
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